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Christopher M. Kise, formerly the solicitor general of Florida, agreed to defend Trump with an "unusually high" $3 million retainer, The New York Times reported on Friday, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

The figure — paid for by Trump's Save America PAC, according to Politico — is significant because Trump is notorious for not paying bills, according to NBC News.

The former president reportedly struggled with finding a credible defense attorney recently, a problem he'd faced before.

As Trump continues to face legal peril, his advisors and former attorneys have pointed out that the quality of his legal team has taken a turn for the worst. Outside of Kise, Trump's previous legal team includes "a Florida insurance lawyer who's never had a federal case, a past general counsel for a parking-garage company, and a former host from a propagandistic cable outlet," MSNBC reported, citing The Washington Post.....
 

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Ron DeSantis’s repulsive Martha’s Vineyard stunt is made for Fox News

When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed voting restrictions last year, he gave exclusive access to this glorious spectacle to Fox News. It was a twofer for the national right-wing audience, flaunting his relish of voter suppression while sticking it to mainstream Fake News outlets in the process.

Now DeSantis has produced another made-for-Fox moment: He is taking credit for delivering two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, where locals are scrambling to meet their needs. DeSantis’s staff apparently supplied exclusive video of these heroics to Fox: It shows the migrants, some children, disembarking from planes, and then walking along a street, all in quiet, orderly fashion......
 

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I saw this movie where JoeB legions of swivel chair career Soyberger dorks let a bunch of all Amurican bois and a girl or two get blown tfu then he fell asleep and woke up threatening to deploy the air force on a great grandpa from Kentucky with katarachts and a Drumph yard sign. It was literally the least phunny movie I've ever scene.
 

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Ukraine update: Images from Izyum show why Russia must be defeated as quickly as possible

Mark Sumner

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Ukrainian police officers walk among crosses in a forest on the outskirts of Izyum. September 16, 2022.

This is, in many ways, the easiest job of “war correspondent” anyone has ever had. No one is shooting at me. I’m not wearing a flack jacket, sleeping on a cot, or feeling the concussive thump as artillery strikes the ground nearby. The only threats I get arrive by email. The real correspondents, the one who deserve every word of praise and unlimited appreciation, are the ones who have already given their lives so that the world could be informed about the injustice of the unprovoked, illegal invasion of Ukraine, and about the desperate resistance of the Ukrainian people.




This week didn’t just mark a day of remembrance for those journalists lost in reporting this war, it provided the grimmest of reminders about why Russia must be defeated. And it did so in a way that, even for armchair journalists over 5,000 miles away, was very difficult to take.

As Ukraine made its sweeping counteroffensive across Kharkiv Oblast over the last week, it liberated over 8,500 square kilometers and over 350 cities, towns, and villages from Russian occupation. And in just the last few days, as that darkness was stripped away, we’ve begun to get a glimpse of what was happening behind the front lines.

This isn’t the first time. When Russia’s attempt to capture Kyiv collapsed at the beginning of April, every step Ukrainian forces took into the area that Russia had occupied seemed to reveal a fresh set of atrocities. No place seemed more emblematic of the horrors Russia had committed than Bucha, where a mass grave containing over 450 bodies, bodies that illustrated cruelty including torture, rape, murder, and dismemberment. More than twenty bodies lay in the streets of Bucha for weeks without any of the Russian forces making a move to bury them. Some of those bodies had been run over multiple times by Russian vehicles. Including tanks.


Bucha wasn’t alone. As Russian forces moved back toward the border, the same story was found at both what had been bustling towns and in tiny villages. Torture chambers and mass graves. The bodies of those who had been shot. The bodies of those who had been tortured. The bodies of those who had been beheaded. The bodies of children burned on a playground.

It wasn’t so much an occupation as a rolling massacre. It’s perhaps what might be expected from the army of a nation where the leader has spent decades delegitimizing the neighboring nation and dehumanizing its citizens.

Perhaps the worst thing about Bucha was this: Russia only held the town for less than a month. For other areas, that occupation clock has now been ticking for six months, or longer.

In the case of Izyum, Russian forces reached the city in the third week of March. Now that Ukrainian forces have pushed Russia away from the town, what’s being revealed is a whole new set of horrors.



These weren’t statistics on Vladimir Putin’s chessboard. They were men, women, and children. They were people’s family and friends. They were people like the Stolpakov family, who are now all dead. Their bodies were all piled together in that mass grave at Izyum. Those children opened their presents at Christmas. They didn’t know it would be their last Christmas. Look at that little girl holding up a peace sign. That’s the real price of this war.




This is the easiest war correspondent job anyone ever had. But sometimes it still seems hard. There are videos out there showing in graphic detail the bodies being uncovered at Izyum. Videos that are not so well and tastefully done as the BBC clip above. I urge you not to watch them.

But it is very hard not to think about what has happened in cities like Kherson, Melitopol, Nova Kakhovka, and Mariupol. It’s harder not to think of what is
still happening there. Right now. Today.

It’s not just vitally important for the entire world that these bastards be beaten. It’s important that it happen as quickly as possible. For all the Stolpakov families who are left.


How many places can Ukraine cross the Oskil River to push into the area Russia was trying to hold as the new front line? It turns out that Ukraine can cross where there is a bridge. And where there isn’t a bridge. And just about anywhere it wants.

Reports on Friday and Saturday indicate that Ukrainian forces have captured the eastern side of Kupyansk, and crossed the river in force at Dvorichna as well as around Borova. Apparently all of these movements have happened with relatively little resistance and it’s unclear at this point how far Ukrainian troops have spread out from these crossing points.

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Lyman area now the biggest area of conflict in the invasion

On the other hand, fighting around Lyman has been called “incredibly intense” and even “the fiercest exchange of the war.” Ukrainian forces have liberated the towns of Studenok and Sosnove at the west end of this new line, but are now reportedly engaged at Rubtsi, Krymky, and Oleksandrivka. If Ukraine can push Russian forces back from these positions, they’ll be better configured to come at Lyman from multiple sides—which is just what allowed Russia to capture the city in the first place.

Ukrainian forces south of the city are in a regional park with heavy forest and rugged terrain. This may sound like a place with good cover, but it’s also reportedly a very difficult place from which to advance on the city. So right now Russian forces, reportedly reinforced by three battalion tactical groups formerly in Izyum, have been able to keep Ukraine from taking the city. Both sides are reportedly suffering very heavy casualties in the ongoing conflict.

Ukraine may need forces to move in from the west, or to come down from one of those river crossing positions on the north, to finally end this confrontation. However, Ukraine’s progress in capturing those locations on the west and the suburbs directly south of Lyman has been confirmed.


 

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Gaetz sought pardon related to Justice Department sex trafficking probe​

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told a former White House aide that he was seeking a preemptive pardon from President Donald Trump regarding an investigation in which he is a target, according to testimony given to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Johnny McEntee, according to people familiar with his testimony, told investigators that Gaetz told him during a brief meeting “that they are launching an investigation into him or that there’s an investigation into him,” without specifying who was investigating Gaetz.

McEntee added that Gaetz told him “he did not do anything wrong but they are trying to make his life hell, and you know, if the president could give him a pardon, that would be great.” Gaetz told McEntee that he had asked White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for a pardon.....
 

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Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has been on am emotional roller coaster since he got his phone seized earlier this week by the FBI outside a Minnesota Hardee’s, and obviously he needed some extra time with his therapist. Unfortunately, his therapist is Steve Bannon, whom he visits on the regular for scream treatments which are publicly broadcast for all to see.

It’s an unorthodox regimen which hasn’t yet gained traction with any of the major medical associations. But Mike Lindell isn’t going to let Big Med tell him how to treat what is clearly not a major mental health crisis, mister.

In his first visit, he described the encounter with the FBI, launching into a discursive monologue on all the questions asked by the nice agent, which Lindell answered(!!!), prompting Bannon to remind his audience that the FBI is not your friend, and when they come asking questions, you should probably shut the hell up.


And he’s not wrong! But Mike Lindell didn’t get where he is in this life because of his good judgment and perspicacity, so … here we are.

For some people, a visit from Johnny Law might be a come to Jesus moment. But not Mike Lindell. Instead he describes himself as “witnessing to the FBI guys,” in an attempt to bring them around to the gospel of a massive election fraud in which Dominion Voting Systems “deleted the election,” as well as to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Can’t forget the big guy!

When the agents at last announced that they’d be taking Lindell’s phone pursuant to a warrant, rather than taking Jesus into their hearts, the pillow CEO was flabbergasted...........

 
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Saturday, Sep 17, 2022 · 2:01:11 PM EDT · Mark Sumner
I’m not quite going to put a big breaking banner at the top of this (though I kind of just did), but reports are coming in that Russian forces are moving back from Lyman. And not just Lyman, but all points along that southern front.

No idea what’s up yet, if this is a retreat, strategic withdrawal, or actual repositioning. But there are Telegram reports from just about every location reporting that Russian forces have moved back a kilometer or more.

Stay tuned.
 

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Saturday, Sep 17, 2022 · 2:50:31 PM EDT · Mark Sumner
All day long reports of heavy machinegun fire inside the city of Kherson have been coming in from multiple areas.



How this is possible? Is it Ukrainian partisans rising up from inside the city? Is it the apparently invisible Ukrainian troops who made it to Sofiivka and surprised everyone? Is it Russian forces turning on each other and Kadyrov’s Chechens and Wagner Group turning into cannibalistic tribes? I have no idea.

But something unexpected is definitely happening in Kherson.

 

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Saturday, Sep 17, 2022 · 3:10:54 PM EDT · Mark Sumner
Russia is calling what’s going on in Kherson an “anti-terrorist action.” Since it’s Russia, I don’t have a clue what that actually means.
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Saturday, Sep 17, 2022 · 3:16:36 PM EDT · Mark Sumner
Now there are reportedly a series of loud explosions in Kherson. Fighting breaking out in other areas. I still have no clue.
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Saturday, Sep 17, 2022 · 3:26:15 PM EDT · Mark Sumner
Russian Telegram channels report that “men who resisted Russian security” have been eliminated in Kherson. Fighting reportedly began near the train station, then spread to the central business area.


No further details have popped up. Unclear if this is really over.
 

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